Blueberry Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

I’ve gotta face it. Not all people like to eat meat for breakfast. I know I couldn’t even fathom eating steak or chicken or pork for breakfast when I first started zone then paleo. When I first started changing my diet, I had to make shakes every damn morning. Thinking about eating meat in the morning made me sick to my stomach.  But then I finally started just eating leftovers because running the blender at 4:30am is never fun, for anyone. My parents would have kicked me out…especially since I wasn’t paying rent when I lived with them after college. Actually, maybe they would have paid ME for living with them if I would have made shakes like this back then. Yep. I bet they would have.

This shake is made for those that hate breakfast in meat form. If you like to drink your breakfast because you’re “too busy”…mmmm hmmmm…I think that’s just you being lazy and not wanting to eat meat. Sweets are delicious, especially in the morning. I understand. But I drive a stick shift and still get away with eating leftover chicken and veggies while driving. Safe? No. Healthy? Yes. But I did drink this for lunch the other day and it was pretty damn filling. I wasn’t hungry for a good couple hours after. Hope you love it as much as I do!

While you’re reading this post, I will be in Boston. Well, probably flying there. Getting to Boston from Denver takes a bit. I’m kind of nervous. I get lost walking around the block. So going to place I have literally no clue where I am…well, that makes me nervous. I better pack A LOT of deodorant. And I actually had to go shopping for real people clothes. Turns out not all people who film cooking shows wear workout clothes. Weird, I know.

Hey have you ever watched My Drunken Kitchen? If you haven’t, you’re one of the few. Her videos have hit almost 2 million views on YouTube. TWO MILLION. Whoa. But if you’re easily offended…well…I’m not sure why you’re reading MY blog, but you’ll probably be offended by her. She gets drunk and cooks. It’s awesome. She’s pretty damn hilarious! Someday people might think my videos are cool, until then, I will just bore the few that fall unfortunately onto my YouTube station. JOKES ON YOU!


Blueberry Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 12 tablespoons vanilla protein powder– or however much you use
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of ground cloves


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender (I used a food processor and it worked awesome!)
  2. Blend until completely combined.
  3. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  4. Drink it on down!!

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76 thoughts on “Blueberry Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake”

  1. is there a reason for cashew butter, specifically? Just wondering if I could sub hazlenut or almond butter instead or would that taste funny?
    Enjoy Boston!! It is a beautiful (and walkable) city!

  2. Does it have a heavy pumpkin taste? And what does the cashew butter offer? Is it like a thickener?

    I’m not a paleo eater but I do look for high protein options for my diet. I’m thinking I could replace the cashew butter with plain greek yogurt. Thoughts?

    1. Not super heavy pumpkin taste. The cashew bring a bit of creaminess to it and thickens it a bit as well. You could definitely use greek yogurt!!

  3. Ohhhh I could tweak this to include what I’ve got and hit the road. I even have canned pumpkin that a good friend of mine suggest I buy to use for soup.

  4. Hi…I happened upon your site while searching for Paleo Crock Pot recipes…and I am so glad I did! This sounds wonderful! I have been Paleo since November 2011 and haven’t felt so good since I was a kid! 🙂 Thank you for all your work here and sharing with everyone, too! 🙂

    Hope Boston is fun for you! I haven’t been there since I was a kid…I loved the Freedom Trail. 🙂

    Again, thank you for all you are doing here. It’s much appreciated.

      1. Just discovered this recipe! I have blueberries and pumpkin on hand – this sounds like a hit and I know I’m gonna love it as im a huge smoothie lover!!!

        Thank you!

  5. This looks awesome! Pity I only have 2 of the ingredients (cinnamon and protein powder), guess I’m going to the shops!!

    Did you use fresh or canned pumpkin? I’m from Aus and we don’t seem to have canned pumpkin, but I guess I could just cook some and cool it. Also, do think it would still taste good with coconut milk instead of almond milk?

    1. I did use canned pumpkin, but cooking your own would work just fine! And I’m sure coconut milk from the carton would work great! If you are using canned coconut milk, use some water as well so it’s not quite as thick!

  6. love having new smoothie recipes, thank you! I’m a meat and veg for breakfast and lunch, smoothie for dinner [post WOD] sort of eater. Living in the south I learned to eat this way out of overheated necessity last summer.
    Enjoy New Hampshire via Boston!! I went to college there, loved it…beautiful part of the country.

  7. Jennifer Huggins

    I am looking for a whey/soy free protein powder. Do you know how many servings are in the 2lb container of the Simply Pure Nutrient product?

  8. OMG! Thank you for introducing me to My Drunken Kitchen. People who are offended by her must not have a sense of humor. She’s awesome!!

  9. HAHA. I guess I wasn’t one of those million people that watched that video. I need to watch more YOUTUBE and get “with it”. Ever since I had my 2 kids in 2 years Mama has no free time! I do find time to read your blogs ofcoarse Juli 🙂

    Thanks for posting all your creations!

  10. I love MDK!!!! She is hilarious! The pizza one is one of my favorites, hahah This shake sounds delish & super easy- can’t wait to make it!

  11. Eff “real clothes”, totally over rated. I pretty much hate that I’ve gotten myself into a career that requires “real clothes”. What’s that? You don’t think I’m qualified to diagnose your kids learning disability because my pants don’t have a real waistband?! Joke’s on YOU!!! Yea right, maybe one day. Don’t sell out Juli don’t do it!

  12. I am loving pumpkin smoothies lately. When I looked on your site and saw this, I didn’t feel so bad about it. I had 2 on Tuesday alone. I really just can’t get enough. I make mine with about a cup of frozen steamed pumpkin, 1 banana, coconut milk, a few skinless almonds, cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and water. OMG I really can’t get enough. I’ll have to try this berry version. I typically try to avoid drinking my food, but pumpkin smoothies are just sooo good. I actually look forward to working out just so I can drink one of these.

  13. The hardest thing for me with eating Paleo is that I’m deathly allergic to nuts. So many creative recipes use almond milk and butter and cashews, etc…

    I’m even slightly allergic to coconut too! I’m screwed but I sometimes need a break from the plain ol’ meats and veggies.

    Any substitutions?

  14. Never thought about using pumpkin puree in a shake. Nice way to sneak in some veggies 🙂 I will have to try this. I’ve been obsessed with using the canned coconut milk in my protein shakes lately…I know I should be eating eggs for breakfast but I crave shakes like this much more!!! Thanks for sharing.

  15. thanks for the link to my drunken kitchen… hilarious! she ranks up there with you in my book, though my food is definitely better after being inspired by you 😉

  16. I made this for breakfast this morning and it is DELICIOUS!!! I subbed coconut milk for the almond milk and almond butter for the cashew butter (only bc that’s all I had on hand)

  17. I only have vanilla protein powder, and am wondering if that would be a weird combination. Did you use a flavored protein?


  18. I like that it tastes really good without being very sweet–I had to use coconut milk because my almond milk was expired. Worked fantastic.

  19. Just made this tonight for bedtime snack and I have to say I was skeptical, but it turned out great! I even sort of accidentally added about twice as much cinnamon as necessary and it was still good 🙂

  20. OH YUM! I’ve had a lot of bad pumpkin smoothies, but this was great! I used a couple T almond butter instead of the protein powder/cashew butter and added vanilla stevia drops, spinach, chia seeds, lots of ice, and some water. I’ll make this again – thank you! By the way, I stumbled onto your blog via google – looking forward to reading more!

  21. I wish mine had turned out the pretty purple color that your shake did. I think it has to do with the hemp/pea protein powder I used, it’s sort of greenish brown (yuck). But the taste was good!

  22. Drinking this right now for breakfast! Super NOM!
    I used coconut milk since I don’t have any almond at the moment and used almond butter.
    Just starting out with introducing some paleo meals into my family’s diet and I am LOVING your site! Thank you so much!
    (You need to do a cookbook!!)

  23. This sounds delish! I’m not paleo… I’m attempting to be vegan-and this smoothie is totally vegan! I’m going to have to try this soon!

  24. I used almond coconut blend milk and almond butter. It was pretty good but I went back and added some vanilla and ice. I will probably make this at least once a week if it sticks with me for a few hours.

  25. OMG just tried this and it is DELISH!!!!! I used almond butter because I had no cashew butter but this did taste just like pie. I’m new to Paleo, started on 7/10 and already lost a good amout of weigh( 27 lbs), but I am a picky eater and was getting a little tired of scrambled eggs and bacon, so this was a nice change. I LOVE your blog and have told probably ten people let alone in the last week about it. Phenominal recipes, you ROCK!!!!

  26. This smoothing was AMAZING… tastes like pumpkin pie and whip-cream… I have made it a regular in my morning routine 😉 HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

  27. I wonder how this would be as a base for some ice cream. Anyone try that? I’d probably sub the almond milk for coconut milk which it seems people have had success with.

  28. I just made this for my post workout smootie I must say its the best fricken smootie I have ever tasted will definatly pass this recipe on to my friends…..Cheers

  29. OMG this shake is delicious! I love how it has several of my favorite ingredients, it’s so yummy! Thank you for sharing your genius recipes, I love them!

  30. I made this yesterday and it was super! I added 6 oz vanlla greek yogurt, and a few more berries. I have half of the smoothie, then put the rest in 8oz containers and put it in the freezer! Great healthy alternative to ice cream!

  31. Wondering if a person could use. Coconut Water,
    Can wait to get pumpkin, I was hoping to find more smoothie recipes, that you have mastered, thks Sue

  32. Mmmmm I made this for breakfast this morning so I could use up my extra canned pumpkin and it was so good! The pumpkin and blueberries make a great combo. Sweet and savory at the same time.. I’ll be making this more often!

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